April 8, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, FL – No. 5 Florida State won the series finale 6-1 to complete the weekend sweep of No. 8 Clemson Sunday in front of 2,559 fans at Dick Howser Stadium.
Clemson capitalized in the top of the first inning on three walks by Florida State starter Robby Read. After getting Casey Stone to line out to the short stop, Kyle Frank, Jeff Baker and Michael Johnson each reached by walks. Read was then replaced by Daniel Hodges on the mound and got Jarrod Schmidt to fly out to centerfield to score Frank on the sacrifice.
Florida State responded in the bottom half of the inning with a run of its own thanks to three straight singles against Clemson starter Nick Glaser. But after the tying run came across the plate, Glaser struck out the next batter and then got Karl Jernigan to fly out to shallow right field where Kyle Frank made an outstanding throw to catcher Steve Pyzik to end the inning.
Jeff Probst gave the Seminoles a 3-1 lead with a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning. His first homer of the year scored Nick Rogers who had been hit by a pitch to start the inning. Glaser responded to strike out the next batter but was pulled after giving up another single, the Seminoles’ fifth hit of the inning. Thomas Boozer came on in relief for 3 2/3 innings striking out two and allowing just one hit. Josh Cram entered the game in the sixth inning with one out.
After Cram struck out Mike Futrell for the second out, Jernigan hit his third home run of the season off the scoreboard in left field, extending the Seminoles’ lead to 4-1.
Rogers went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI and one run scored to lead the Florida State offense. Blair McCaleb was 2 for 3 and John-Ford Griffin was 2 for 4. No Tigers had more than one hit and Schmidt knocked in the only run for Clemson.
Hodges went a career-long 7 2/3 innings allowing all five Clemson hits of the game and no Clemson runs. He improved to 2-0 on the year. Clemson starter Nick Glaser got his first loss of the season to drop his record to 3-1.
The Seminoles improved to 31-7 overall and 14-1 in the ACC, while the Tigers’ fourth loss in a row dropped them to 21-12 on the year and 5-4 in ACC play.
Clemson returns to Doug Kingsmore Stadium Tuesday when it will play 14 of its next 15 games. The Tigers will host Coastal Carolina on Tuesday and Wednesday in a two-game series. Tuesday’s game will begin at 7:15 PM and will be broadcast solely on WGOG-FM (96.3) in Walhalla. Wednesday’s meeting will begin at 3:00 PM and will be broadcast on the Clemson Tiger Network
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